Westchester Wine School - Premium Wine Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS tasting vs a 2008 version. Pale red with some bricking. Lots going on in the nose: Earth, barnyard, green peppers (a bit vegetal). Mostly tertiary elements, with fruit somewhat faded. A bit on the thin side and lacking balance. Still plenty of tannins but doesn't have the fruit to balance the wine. Mostly tertiary in style now, lots of sediment. Drink up
Opened (but not decanted) 2 hrs before dinner. Deep red color, no sign of age. Restrained nose, on the palate well integrated tannins, still some (dark berry) fruits left. Basically good Balance but there was a disturbing non-integrated acidity on the palate, maybe a bad bottle however a bottle we had recently had a similar fault. Good bottles might add 2-3 points. Time to drink up.
Tasted in a vertical with the 1995 and the 2004, this was the consensus favorite, though I preferred the 1995. Dark maroon color. This was opened (but not decanted) two hours in advance and consumed over the next four hours, during which time the wine (like the 1995) changed noticeably several times. On opening, this had a funky, meaty aroma, with a heady smell of stewed tomatoes. With some air, a subtly minty note emerged. The overall profile of this is much drier on both the nose and the palate than the 1995, with dark berry and licorice flavors featuring prominently. Tannins on this one are slightly more astringent than on the 1995, but this still gives the impression of being very near full maturity. Would give this another three years at the outside end.
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